Tuesday Wisconsin voters head to the polls to cast an important vote for pro-life matters. As Conservative Justice, Patience Roggensack leaves the state’s Supreme Court Conservatives have a fight on their hands where our issues are concerned. In Tuesday’s election voters are set to narrow the field to two candidates, who will advance to April’s general election. And while the Justices are in a technically nonpartisan race, with their party labels off the ballots, their actions speak for themselves and voters are clearly making choices based on what they know of the candidates.
Conservatives have held the majority in the Court for the past fourteen years, in which time they have championed Conservative values in a becoming battleground state. With Trump and Biden both taking the state by slim margins in 2016 and 2020.
According to CNN,
“This seat is crucial to the balance of the court, and the court is crucial to the balance of the state,” said Barry Burden, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of its Elections Research Center.
The candidates hoping to advance to the April general election are liberals Janet Protasiewicz, a Milwaukee County circuit court judge, and Everett Mitchell, a circuit judge in Dane County; and conservatives Daniel Kelly, a former state Supreme Court justice, and Jennifer Dorow, a judge perhaps best known for presiding over the trial of a man convicted of killing six and injuring scores more in a 2021 attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The state could be crucial in 2024, as the presidential election is just as close as the past couple of elections. Though one major issue the court will decide on is the state’s abortion stance.
According to AP,
The court is likely to determine whether the state’s law that bans nearly all abortions — enacted in 1849, a year after statehood — remains in effect and whether Democrats get a chance to undo political maps drawn by Republicans, who have increased the number of state legislative seats they hold to a near supermajority. A voting rights attorney already has pledged to file a lawsuit the day after the new justice takes office if a liberal wins.
The AP contributed to this article.